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The Latest: Italy defends asking Libya to rescue migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 8:51am

The Latest on immigration into Europe (all times local):

The Latest: Turkish contender says don't leave ballot boxes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 8:39am

The Latest on Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday (all times local):

Libyan coast guard rescues 100 migrants bound for Europe

Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 8:38am

Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted some 100 African migrants, including dozens of children and women, in the Mediterranean Sea near its shores.

UK's Prince William starts politically delicate Mideast trip

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 8:37am

Britain's Prince William on Sunday kicked off a politically delicate five-day tour of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories, preparing to meet with young people, refugees and national leaders in a tumultuous region that Britain had controlled between the two world wars.

Sri Lankan police arrest 2 villagers in killing of leopard

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 8:33am

Sri Lankan police on Sunday arrested two men accused of beating a leopard to death in an attack caught on video and widely condemned by wildlife activists.

Syrian troops advance in their offensive in country's south

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 8:03am

Syrian state media say government forces have advanced deeper into the southern province of Daraa under the cover of airstrikes, entering new villages.

12 missing youth soccer players feared trapped in Thai cave

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 7:39am

Search and rescue teams were looking Sunday for a dozen members of a youth soccer team who were missing and believed to be trapped in a cave in northern Thailand.

Mini-migration summit: EU nations try to resolve differences

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 7:11am

The leaders of Germany, France and about a dozen other European Union nations are converging on Brussels for an afternoon of informal talks on differences over migration ahead of a full EU summit that starts next Thursday.

US Defense chief to visit China amid S. China Sea tensions

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 6:54am

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has accused China of "intimidation and coercion" in the South China Sea, visits Beijing this week as the countries increasingly spar over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and Beijing's expanding military presence overseas.

Regional bloc says South Sudan's rebel leader not welcome

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 6:53am

East Africa's leaders say South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar is not welcome in their countries except to join peace talks on his country's five-year civil war.

Israel opposition leader named head of Jewish Agency

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 6:19am

Israel's opposition leader has been appointed chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, a non-governmental organization responsible for bridging Israel and Jewish communities worldwide.

Erdogan seeks to cement power in Turkey's high-stakes votes

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 5:59am

Turkey held high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday that could consolidate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's grip on power or curtail his vast political ambitions. Opposition leaders cast their ballots vowing to be vigilant against voting fraud.

Zimbabwe rules out delaying election after blast at rally

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 5:53am

Zimbabwe's presidential spokesman is ruling out an election delay or a state of emergency after an explosion at the president's campaign rally on Saturday that state media called an assassination attempt.

Israel fires missile at drone near Syria frontier

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 5:16am

The Israeli military says it fired a Patriot missile at an unmanned aircraft that approached its airspace near the Syrian frontier in the Golan Heights.

Kushner rips Abbas, says Mideast peace plan due 'soon'

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 4:37am

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser said in an interview published Sunday that the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Police: 25 injured in building explosion in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 4:11am

Twenty-five people were injured, four of them severely, when an explosion destroyed an apartment building in the western German city of Wuppertal, police said Sunday.

German police: 25 injured, four severely, when an explosion destroys a building in the western city of Wuppertal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 3:32am

German police: 25 injured, four severely, when an explosion destroys a building in the western city of Wuppertal.

2nd person dies after blast at Ethiopia rally, minister says

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 1:45am

Ethiopia's health minister says a second person has died after Saturday's explosion at a massive rally in the capital for the new prime minister.

In about-face, Iraq's maverick al-Sadr moves closer to Iran

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 1:21am

Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric who emerged as the main winner in Iraq's parliamentary elections last month, campaigned on a platform to end sectarian politics and replace it with a government that puts Iraqis first.